The Barclays Center entrance is getting a new resident and it is not going to be one of the many local homeless people. Instead it will be a 20-foot tall bronze statue named “Ona” which means “She” in polish to be unveiled in September, according to Jennifer Maloney of the Wall Street Journal.
The statue is being built by sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, a Polish sculptor living in Bushwick who is known for large-scale works that sell for anywhere between $500K and $1 million each. Commissioned by David Berliner, COO of the Forest City Ratner, the statue is being built out of cedar. Once it’s finish it will be disassembled, glued back together, and then cast in bronze by an upstate New York fabricator.
It’s too early to have any real idea of what exactly it will look like, but Berliner described it as “iconic and exuberant and hopeful.” It’s supposed to symbolize that the Barclays Center is not merely an arena for sporting events, but is a cultural center as well. The 10,000-pound sculpture is going to be install in front of the main entrance under the oculus.